West Virginia

Date: 11/05/2013 Description: West Virginia state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: West Virginia state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

Following the United States’ entry into World War II, the Department of State housed German and Italian diplomats at the well-known Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. More»

The State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • In September 2017, Hino Motors announced a $100 million expansion of its operations in West Virginia that will bring new production to the United States and ultimately create 250 new jobs at a new plant in Mineral Wells. (EAP) More»
  • West Virginia hosted 1,353 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, West Virginia-based companies received approval to export $48,000 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $7.1 billion (2017) support approximately 25,883 West Virginian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into West Virginia supports an additional 29,300 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in West Virginia. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tracy Harding): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 5 Scholars, Students and Teachers from West Virginia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 14 international students received a Fulbright to study in West Virginia in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 4,192 international higher education students studied abroad in West Virginia in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 191 exchange visitors from overseas visited West Virginia, and 106 West Virginia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»
  • West Virginia University received $23,375 to provide support for a series of Satellite Image Awareness training courses for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. The courses provide and reinforce skills on image interpretation as well as hands-on experiences using satellite imagery. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the West Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Peru, founded in 1996. (PM) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the West Virginia Division of Corrections since 2014 to support the participation of corrections officials from around the world in the annual Mock Prison Riot (MPR) held in Moundville, WV. In 2017, more than 130 corrections officials from 22 countries participated in the MPR, where they received high quality, hands-on training and professional training certifications in core corrections disciplines. (INL) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 2 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 13. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 42,122 . (CA) More»
  • 50 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 12 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from West Virginia. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA/OCS) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Washington Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout West Virginia. (DSS) More»